Twilight Zone: Season 5, Episode 36

The Bewitchin' Pool (19 Jun. 1964)
"The Twilight Zone" The Bewitchin' Pool (original title)

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Two children escape their bickering parents through a portal in the bottom of their swimming pool to a magical land watched over by a kindly old woman the children call Aunt T.

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Sport Sharewood
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Gil Sharewood
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Jeb Sharewood (as Tim Stafford)
Kim Hector ...
Whitt
Georgia Simmons ...
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Told by their parents that they are getting a divorce, Sport and Jeb Sharewood now have to decide who they are going to live with. They decide they would rather live with Aunt T, the woman they've met by traveling through a portal at the bottom of their swimming pool. Ar the other end is an idyllic world where children play and there are few adults. Aunt T is a kindly old woman but Sport is far more reluctant than Jeb to accept her invitation to stay with them. Written by garykmcd

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The last time that Sport jumps in the pool to return to Aunt T's house, she is wearing a housecoat over her swimsuit. When she surfaces on 'the other side', she is no longer wearing the coat. Apparently the surfacing scene is the same scene used for their original arrival. See more »

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Narrator: A brief epilogue for concerned parents. Of course, there isn't any such place as the gingerbread house of Aunt T, and we grownups know there's no door at the bottom of a swimming pool that leads to a secret place. But who can say how real the fantasy world of lonely children can become? For Jeb and Sport Sharewood, the need for love turned fantasy into reality; they found a secret place - in the Twilight Zone.
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Unbelievably bad
12 March 2014 | by (Nuuk, Greenland) – See all my reviews

A couple of others have said it already, but I have to add my voice to the chorus. How this POS ended up with a 6.8 is beyond me. The acting is terrible -- like a first-day run-through with tech personnel subbing for some of the uncast parts. The dubbing of the little girl is so bad as to make her almost unwatchable when she's on. The rest of the cast -- with the exception of Aunt T -- can't blame their bad performances on bad dubbing. The script is bad -- like a rough draft someone worked out on his lunch hour. And the story would be weird and tepid even without the weird continuity problem of the doubled footage -- it has a lame, unsatisfying ending unworthy of the series with its tradition of the supremely fitting denouements.

I only watched this because someone told me that the B-52's song "Private Idaho" made a lot of references to this episode, but other than the sample of the TZ theme and the general theme of character flaw getting some surreal comeuppance, I don't see it. Yes, there's a lot of talk of swimming pools in both, but even "The Swimmer" has more in common with the song than this.


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